Mariona Ferrandiz



Professional position (October 2015-present): Post-doc position at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Departament de Biologia Vegetal, Biologia Animal i Ecologia, BABVE) and Ecological and Forestry Applications Research Center (CREAF)

Facultat de Biociències, UAB, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia


tel. : +34 93 581 27 68  Office: C5b/058

Campus de Bellaterra (UAB) Edifici C
08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès (Catalonia)


About me…

Climate change is one of the major threats to biodiversity and one of the main factors affecting human health in the coming decades. Moreover, biodiversity loss is creating the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge.

To fight against climate change I started a personal and research project long ago. For this purpose, I oriented my professional career and (1) I obtained a bachelor degree in Biology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Catalonia), (2) a master degree in Terrestrial Ecology, and (3) I did my PhD at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France). During my thesis I worked with the long-term Alpine marmot project, which I still collaborate with. Once finished, I started a postdoc at UAB and CREAF where I am involved in other ecological long-term projects (e.g. the Earthwatch project in Andorra, the Hermann’s tortoise project, the Edible dormouse project or the Western jackdaw project). I also teach in the Environmental Biology and Environmental Sciences Bachelor degrees at UAB.

In December 2020 my postdoc contract with the UAB will finish. Given that postdoc life is so challenging and I don’t want to move to another city, I accepted a half time position as an adjunct lecturer at UAB only for teaching (as I have been doing these past years). This means that from December I won’t be paid to continue with my research projects… or rather that (1) I’m looking for a second job or (2) I’m creating my second job!  

Regarding the second option I’m actually working to grow a nice project (rePLANTegem la ciutat) started with with two urbanist friends. Our purpose is that cities will be more SUSTAINABLE and that they can host the FAUNA and FLORA typical of their area. We also want cities to be more pleasant spaces for all people and with less mobility by car, in order to also contribute in the fight against CLIMATE EMERGENCY. Look here for more information.